Movies like The Namesake

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The Namesake (2006)
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The Namesake (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India
Duration: 122 min.
Story: American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, captivating, realistic, breathtaking, heartbreaking, melancholic, sad ...
Plot: childhood, immigrants, marriage, generation gap, childbirth, relationships, life, parenthood, family life, rebel, family relations, parents and children, teenage life, society, adolescence, family problems, newlyweds, acceptance, fish out of water, tragic event, family tradition, loss of family member, culture clash, grief, suburbs ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 21st century, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, india, usa, taj mahal, ohio, kolkata

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, dramatic, touching and emotional films with plots about culture clash, mentor, storytelling, family relations, catastrophe, family drama and family mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The Namesake: The Joy Luck Club (1993), A River Runs Through It (1992), In America (2002), One True Thing (1998), My Family (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Through a series of flashbacks, four young chinese women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China, explore their past. This search will help them understand their difficult mother/daughter relationship.
Style: sentimental, touching, captivating, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: women, immigrants, friendship, self discovery, chinese, haunted by the past, golden years, hopes, parents and children, human nature, love, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, china, asia, usa, california
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A River Runs Through It (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, thought provoking, melancholic ...
Plot: fishing, coming of age, self discovery, beautiful scenery, father son relationship, americana, river, brother brother relationship, brothers, childhood, tragedy, secrets ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1910s, 1930s
Place: montana, usa
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100%
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In America (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An Irish immigrant family adjusts to life in the United States, a chance to get over the lost son. They have no money and the apartment is in bad condition.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: redemption, childhood, artist, loss of son, starting over, dying, society, overcoming, family problems, acceptance, parents and children, family life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: new york, ireland, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.9
 12K
One True Thing (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, melancholic, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, dysfunctional family, tragedy, family, relationships, life, honest, parenthood, parents and children, unfulfillment, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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My Family (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies, and triumphs. Maria and Jose, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation all in the 1930's. They establish their family in ...
Style: touching, sexy, reflective, talky, dramatic ...
Plot: family, family relations, immigrants, nudity (full frontal - brief), prison, adaptation, interracial romance, justice, life, male nudity, mentor, multiple storylines ...
Time: 1920s, 50s, 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
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40%
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotional slice-of-life story. Jones is portrayed here portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero turned author who combats alcoholism and is starting to experience ...
Style: talky, realistic, clever, sentimental, sexy ...
Plot: coming of age, writers, friendship, dysfunctional family, adoption, world war two, family relations, father daughter relationship, culture clash, runaway, parenthood, family ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century
Place: paris france, tokyo, france, new england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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The War (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The son of a Vietnam War Veteran must deal with neighborhood bullies as well as his dad's post-traumatic stress disorder while growing up in the deep south in the 1970's.
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional, feel good ...
Audience: kids
Plot: bullying, coming of age, vietnam war, father son relationship, friendship, childhood, child, youth, war, bittersweet, boy, morality ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, vietnam, asia, usa
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35%
Immediate Family (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Linda and Michael, married for ten years, desperately want a baby and turn to an adoption agency which introduces them to Lucy, a teenage girl expecting her first baby. The three agree that Linda and Michael will adopt Lucy's baby and that Lucy ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, intense, entertaining ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: adoption, pregnancy, marriage, working class, honest, crime gone awry, culture clash, alter ego, children, manipulation, life philosophy, chase ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: seattle, washington state
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35%
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Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ted Kramer is a career man for whom his work comes before his family. His wife Joanna cannot take this anymore, so she decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with the tasks of housekeeping and taking care of himself and their young son Billy.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, sad, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: courtroom, lawyer, divorce, single father, custody battle, marriage, family, father son relationship, family relations, court, abandonment, legal ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, california, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.0
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Rabbit Hole (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident.
Style: sad, touching, emotional, sexy, surreal ...
Plot: loss of child, grief, death in the family, estrangement, housewife, marriage, tragedy, memory, redemption, family problems, secrets, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.5
 136K
Still Alice (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.
Style: sad, heartbreaking, touching, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: alzheimer's disease, memory loss, mother daughter relationship, supportive spouse, columbia university, terminal illness, illness, family bonds, doctors, mental illness, professor, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Great Santini (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: As he approaches manhood, Ben Meechum struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father, an aggressively competitive, but frustrated marine pilot.
Style: realistic, emotional, witty, affectionate, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: military, family relations, military base, bittersweet, strict father, vietnam war, dysfunctional family, betrayal, beautiful scenery, catastrophe, runaway, brutality ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: california, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
An American Rhapsody (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Hungarian family forced to flee the Communist country for the United States, must leave a young daughter behind. Six years later the family arranges to bring the absent daughter to the United States where she has trouble adjusting. The daughter ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, melancholic, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: family, justice, cold war, family relations, police investigation, adolescence, family bonds, friendship, love and romance, self discovery, on the run, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, year 1965, year 1958 ...
Place: hungary, california, tokyo, europe, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Avalon (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Avalon is the third in Levinson's semi-autobiographical series of four "Baltimore Films": Diner (1982), Tin Men (1987), Avalon (1990), and Liberty Heights (1999). The film is set in Baltimore in the early 1950s and explores the themes ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, absurd, feel good, affectionate ...
Audience: date night
Plot: jewish, thanksgiving, immigrants, culture clash, suburbs, immigration, hospital, bittersweet, nostalgia, british, kids and family, brothers ...
Time: 1940s, 1910s, 20th century, year 1919, year 1914 ...
Place: baltimore, poland, maryland, usa, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Chocolate (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, West Germany, Cameroon
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family's houseboy, Protee - a man of great nobility, intelligence and beauty ...
Style: touching, realistic, sexy, intellectual, harsh ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, colonialism, women, imperialism, youth, coming of age, culture clash, interracial relations, unlikely friendships, nudity (full frontal - brief), mentor, vengeance ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 80s
Place: africa, france, paris france
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Country (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife decides to fight for her family.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, emotional, melancholic ...
Plot: survival, family relations, couples, life is a bitch, couple relations, family business, against the odds, family problems, crumbling marriage, hopes, parents and children, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: iowa, america
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Down in the Delta (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts Loretta to work in his restaurant, Just Chicken, while also ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, political, feel good ...
Plot: slavery, bittersweet, dysfunctional family, drug addiction, adultery, betrayal, happy ending, interracial romance, guilt, sexualized violence, justice, adoption ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, chicago illinois, canada, tokyo, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only ...
Style: sincere, touching, sentimental, emotional, sweet ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: racism, civil rights, teenage life, friendship, coming of age, interracial relations, family relations, haunted by the past, teenager, african american, social differences, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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The Tic Code (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A 10 year old gifted boy wants to be a jazz pianist much to the chagrin of his more classical oriented piano instructor. With his mother's help, he is an underage regular at a local nightspot, where he is teamed up with a sax superstar. Both ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, humorous, feel good ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: disability, jazz, music, youth, courage, character study, childhood, cancer, adolescence, beautiful scenery, stereotypes, brutality ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, canada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Ordinary People (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having ...
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, depressing, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, suicide, therapy, depression, father son relationship, coming of age, guilt, grief, psychology, death in the family ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, texas, houston texas, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Boys Are Back (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When the wife of sports-writer Joe Warr dies of cancer, he takes on the responsibility of raising their 6-year-old son, and his teenage son from a previous marriage. As Joe rejects the counsel of his mother-in-law and other parents, he develops his ...
Style: inspirational, touching, melancholic, sentimental, intense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: single parent, single father, cancer, family relations, father son relationship, brothers, life philosophy, depression, overcoming, widower, step siblings, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, australia, tokyo, europe, california ...
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32%
After the Wedding (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, UK, Norway
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: wedding, marriage, poverty, family, family bonds, wealth, family relations, family problems, family secret, hopes, financial problem, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, copenhagen, india, bombay india
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Mississippi Masala (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families have to come to terms with it.
Style: romantic, touching, sexy, light, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, culture clash, immigrants, romance, interracial relations, stereotypes, honest, racial prejudice, love affair, opposites attract, fall in love, social differences ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972, year 1990
Place: mississippi, africa, uganda, india, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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The Chosen (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chosen follows the story of two teenage boys determined to remain friends despite the deep differences between their two families. Set in New York during the 1940s, this provocative film follows the son of an orthodox rabbi and the son of a ...
Style: realistic, touching, dramatic, talky, reflective ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, religion, jewish, friendship, father son relationship, judaism, culture clash, jewish culture, chosen one, life, nazi, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, israel, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.3
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Tully (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Tully Jr. and Earl live on their father's Nebraska ranch, proud and independent to a fault. While the shy, reclusive Earl spends his free time watching movies, the cockier Tully works his way through a succession of short-term affairs and an ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: small town, coming of age, friendship, lifestyle, womanizer, young lovers, introspection, youth, romance, society, family problems, couples ...
Place: nebraska, europe, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Michelle Pfeiffer is ferocious in the role of a desperate mother whose 3-year-old son disappears during her high school reunion. Nine years later, by chance, he turns up in the town in which the family has just relocated. Based on Jacquelyn ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, psychological, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick, family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: missing child, kidnapping, missing person, family relations, parents and children, family life, disappearance, child abduction, police detective, family problems, crimes, children ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Life as a House (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.
Style: emotional, sentimental, sincere, touching, sad ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: relationships, terminal illness, dying, family, reconciliation, house, father son relationship, suburbs, redemption, illness, family relations, architect ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.3
 3K
Left Luggage (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, Belgium, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: While escaping from Nazis during the WWII, a Jewish man dug suitcases full of things dear to his heart in the ground two. The war deprived him of his family, and afterwards he endlessly turns over the soil of Antwerp to find the suitcases, which ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, compassionate, heartbreaking ...
Plot: judaism, orthodox jew, family relations, world war two, racism, nazi, tragedy, life, culture clash, justice, depression, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, israel, poland, antwerp, belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.7
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Water (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, India
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The year is 1938, and Mahatma Gandhi's groundbreaking philosophies are sweeping across India, but 8-year-old Chuyia, newly widowed, must go to live with other outcast widows on an ashram. Her presence transforms the ashram as she befriends two ...
Style: touching, bleak, melancholic, intense, suspense ...
Plot: hinduism, women, prostitute, prostitution, friendship, marriage, politics, relationships, mentor, sin, brutality, destiny ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1938
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.4
 2K
Broken Wings (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their 'broken wings'.
Style: touching, emotional, lyrical, depressing, stylized ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, jewish, hopes, human nature, family life, couple relations, midlife crisis, haunted by the past, teenage life, innocence lost, fall in love, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, tokyo, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%